AutoTrader Plays Up Stereotypes

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Oh the shitstorm we could incite with this one. Suffice to say, are we the only ones who are sick of certain people acting (stereotypically) like they are other certain people? Oh yea, this is America and anyone can be anyone they want. But sometimes, well, it just seems like some people are trying way to hard to be something they are not.

OK, send the hate mail now.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-19-12    
Topic: Commercials



Zoey Deschanel, Samuel L. Jackson in New iPhone Siri Ads

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Check out the new iPhone Siri ads featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Zoey Deschanel. Jackson's is called Date Night and shows him preparing for the evening. Deschanel's is called Rainy Day and shows New Girl figuring out what she's going to do on a rainy day.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-18-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



P&G Salutes the Moms of the World in Olympics Ad

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If this doesn't bring a little tear to your eye, you're not a parent. But that's OK. Because when you become one, you'll understand. There's really no way to explain until you, yourself, get there. Then, you'll understand.

Or you could watch this two minute P&G ad that touts the brand's sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics and you can try to empathize.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-18-12    
Topic: Commercials



We're Going to Miss T-Mobile's Carly Foulkes

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Over time we've grown to like T-Mobile Girl Carly Foulkes. Even to the point where we looked forward to seeing her prance about in her pink dresses in the latest T-Mobile ad. Not that she showed all kinds of skin or anything but because she had an attractive, feminine demeanor about her when she spoke to the benefits of T-Mobile's 4G awesomeness.

We're not so sure we're going to love her as much now that she's become the "bad girl" and, accordingly to T-Mobile's latest commercial, will be clad in black leather biker gear. We're sure (we hope) she'll still utter T-Mobile's messaging with the same girlishness but we're not so sure about her total transformation to "bad girl."

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by Steve Hall    Apr-18-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Charlie Sheen Pimps Beer For Bavaria

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As Charlie Sheen climbs out from under his rock of shame, advertising is helping him rise from the ashes. Recently, Sheen could be seen in ads for DirecTV and Fiat. Now, Sheen can be seen in a Bavaria beer commercial that pokes fun at his recent sobriety.

On his way home from rehab, Sheen can't seem to go anywhere without seeing people drink beer. Even when he gets home and sees his entire backyard filled with welcome home revelers. Ah, but this beer is non-alcoholic. Clever spot from Amsterdam-based Selmore.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Meet 'The Finnisher': Neighborhood Hero and Kick Ass Car Dealer

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You've got to love car dealer commercials. Why? Because they are the epitome of so-bad-it's-good. There's a certain quality - perhaps born out of years of being hit over the head with it - that we have all come to expect from car dealer ads. A quality that, in any other kind of advertising, would be immediately trounced.

Here's another entry into the pantheon of car dealer advertising silliness. This one, from John Keating Chevrolet in Crosby Texas, is called I Am The Finnisher. And, no, Finnisher isn't spelled incorrectly. At least by us (We know. It's hard to believe). It's spelled that way because the man in the ad, Rik Melartin, owner of John Keating Chevrolet, is from Finland.

But not so silly is the fact Melartin, who is a resident of Bellaire, Texas has, over the past 15 years, caught three robbers at gunpoint.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-13-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Kate Upton's Boobs Now Selling DirecTV

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We didn't think it was possible but we might, in fact, be getting bored with Kate Upton flaunting her 34D's for just about every brand under the sun. The latest display of Upton's cleavage comes courtesy of DirecTV which is out with this very odd commercial that's not really about anything at all...except the flaunting of Kate's hotness. And her boobs. Well, she is on a beach and she is wearing a bikini. And she does have big boobs. It can't be all bad, right?

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Agency Has Fun With Timeline, Gratuitous Ass Shot of the Day

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- As agencies get their Facebook Timeline in order, we're bound to see interesting iterations such as this one from Brunner Works.

- Gratuitous ass shot of the day. This one ends with a twist.

- Very strange. Clorox now makes bacon flavored cat litter and cleaning products. Hmm.

- Mazda is out with a new commercial for its 2013 CX-5 crossover SUV. Lee Majors would love it!

- Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Rich Silverstein, founder of Hacking Autism, is out with a trailer for his I Want to Say short. The film takes a look at touch screen technology and how it has help kids with autism.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-12    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Commercials, Racy, Strange



AXE Repels Women. OK, Not Really

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Here's an interesting twist on the whole notion that AXE actually has something to do with whether or not a woman finds a man attractive. This South African :60 at first pleasantly leads us to believe that in fact, no, Axe does not attract women. It actually repels them. That is until we realize what's actually repelling the hundreds of bikini-clad women running away from the guy showering on this beach. Hilarious, actually.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-30-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



How to Kill Hunger And Thirst All at Once

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Some ads are weird. And then there's this one from Australia's The Monkeys for Oak, a drink that apparently is so fulfilling it's like drinking and eating at the same time. With the tagline Kill HungryThirsty Dead, a carnival worker rambles on semi-logically about hunger, thirst, his broither and his son.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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